Friday, May 26, 2017

JAI #361 Choose Two

Hello there,
ooh so exciting! We get to do watercoloring this week at Just Add Ink! Watercoloring is one of our Just Choose Two options for the new challenge. Kelly suggested a fun combo for us! 

I tried my hand at no-line watercoloring again. It turned out..ok..even a little nice but I think I have some development to go. But that's ok. I kind of like the idea even, cause it means I can do more watercoloring which is a really zen-like peaceful thing to do! 

I did pike out of no-line watercoloring my flower on the inside though.

I did fuss around (quite a lot) with how I was going to present my water coloured flower. I wanted it to be the focus, so didn't want to add too many distractions, but at the same time I wanted to frame it a little. The perfect solution turned out to be some delicate vellum leaves (inspired by the ones peeping out from Patrice's lovely flower card for last week's Just Add Ink challenge). 

Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT's fun Choose Two projects and then come back and show us what you chose!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Birthday Blooms, Diagonal Stripe, Wood Words
Cardstock: Real Red, Pool Party, Whisper White, Basic Black, Vellum
Ink: Cherry Cobler, Pool Party, Garden Green, Lemon Lime Twist, Versamark, Crushed Curry, Powder Pink
Accessories: Stitched Shapes framelits, Rose Garden thinlets, Classic Label punch, Prismacolour pencils, Watercolour paper, Gold glimmer paper, White embossing powder, Metallic sequins, Fine tip glue pen, Dimensionals

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Colour INKspiration10

Hello there,
welcome to the Colour INKspiration 10 blog hop. If you are hopping your way around the blog hop, you will have arrived from Elizabeth Gross's blog. If you are starting the hop here but would like to go to the start at the  Colour INKspiration challenge page over on Facebook, just click the link to be redirected and ask to join the group, that way you can load your projects directly to the Facebook group and join in the fun every 2nd and 4th Wednesday. Our INKspiration for this round has a very Autumnal feel, filled with rich tones.

I couldn't go past using the beautiful oak leaves from Colorful Seasons to make a wreath.

Wondering how I got that gorgeous vein detail on the little leaves, check out this post where I tell you how! The challenge runs till June 12th. Hope you can join us ! Now next up, on the blog hop is Rebecca Scurr. Enjoy!

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Colorful Seasons, Thoughtful Banners, Jar of Love
Cardstock: Island Indigo, Delightful Dijon, Whisper White, Vellum
Ink: Delightful Dijon, Cajun Craze, Island Indigo, Smoky Slate, Versamark
Accessories: Sunshine Wishes thinlets, Everyday Jars framelits, Seasonal Layers thinlets, Copper foil,  Seaside embossing folder, White embossing powder, Sponge Brayer, Clear Wink of Stella, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape

Friday, May 19, 2017

JAI #360 Sketch

Hello there,
between work and lots of visitors its been flat out around here so it was soooo exciting when I finally got the time this past week to get out the new In Colors and play!! Got to say I am loving these new colours. The work so well together! What was I working on? Well the new challenge at Just Add Ink this week of course;)  This week we want you to Just Add a Sketch from Narelle.
Here's the sketch.

And here is what I came up with.

I really like the new Lovely Inside and Out set so it was a pleasure to use it. I knew I wanted to use it as a negative diecut from the main panel. So first I prepped my panel by brayering a colour wash over it and adding tone on tone flowers, then I die cut my window out. Accenting that with a flower was just what I need to match with the sketch perfectly! To finish it off I used lot of gold - thread, sequins, embossing!

Don't forget to go check out the rest of the DT's gorgeous creations and then show us what you can do with the sketch!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Lovely Inside and Out, Penned and Painted
Cardstock: Powder Pink, Berry Burst, Whisper White
Ink: Powder Pink, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Tuxedo Black (Memento), Versamark
Accessories: Lovely Words thinlets, Sponge brayer, Neutrals DSP stack, Gold embossing powder, Metallic Gold thread, Sequins, Fine tip glue pen, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape

Friday, May 12, 2017

JAI #359 Inspiration

Hello there,
Mother's Day is this weekend. So my task this week was to make Mother's day cards (one for my Mum and one for my MIL). With that in mind the challenge this week at Just Add Ink was just perfect to help me on my way. The fact that I picked the inspiration pic for our Just Add Inspiration challenge is just pure co-incidence ;)

Here's the inspiration pic. You can use the colours, patterns, or objects from the inspiration picture for your project. This is what I came up with.

For this butterfly I used Powder Pink, Melon Mambo and Berry Burst.

But wait there's more ;)
This one is for my MIL. She has a real thing for more peachy/ salmon colours so for her version I used Flirty Flamingo for the base and Powder Pink, Flirty Flamingo and Berry Burst for the butterfly.

Both of these are pretty straightforward. Brayer a gradient background (for me that was capturing the change from dark to light in the inspiration photo). Splatter some gold flecks on it and add a few tiny faint butterflies. The one point to note is that I stamped my butterflies on watercolor paper and to really enhance the watercolour feel went over the stamped images with my aqua painter. That pulled the ink out and created some lovely cloudy colour merging effects. Lots of vellum and gold accents finish the cards off.

Do you need a Mother's Day card or just a flower inspired card for a friend. Then join us in the challenge this week. But before you do check out the rest of the DT's beautiful creations.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Watercolor Wings, Oh So Succulent
Cardstock: Berry Burst, Bermuda Bay, Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party, Whisper White, Shimmery White, Vellum
Ink: Berry Burst, Melon Mambo, Powder Pink, Flirty Flamingo, Fresh Fig, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Soft Sky
Accessories: Bold Butterfly Framelits, Butterflies Thinlets, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits, Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate, Gold Glimmer paper, Neutrals DSP stack, Gold Wink of Stella, Gold metallic twine, Sponge brayer, Sewing machine, Tear and tape, Dimensionals

Friday, May 5, 2017

JAI #358 Stitching

Well hello there,
life has been non-stop for the last few weeks. Even with the school routine starting it didn't slow down, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will next week though! Luckily, I had the perfect project for this week's new Just Add Ink challenge ready to share. This was one of the samples I made for my Product Spotlight presentation at the SU! OnStage event back in April. I promise I will get around to blogging the others soon! This week the challenge, from Rochelle, is to Just Add Stitching (Real or Faux).

I finished my presentation with two stepped up projects that showed how to use the new Color Theory suite with other SU! sets. I love to pull out the sewing machine so stitching was featured on both cards. Here's the first using stitching as an accent.

The inside. Eeek the colour is completely off in my inside shot, but then again I took the photo at 7 am on a wintery Autumn morning!

Now I get to show you my other project. This time using stitching to add a vellum layer, and I couldn't resist adding some glimmer faux sequins too to create a shaker element.

Anyone wondering how I got the leaf vein effect (there is no vein stamp for the smaller leaf in Colorful Seasons)? First ink up your little leaf stamp, then kiss it to the large leaf vein detail stamp. That takes the ink off your little leaf in a perfect vein pattern!! I was very chuffed to discover this!!! One point to note is that it works better if you have less ink on your little leaf rather than more.

Stitching whether it real or faux adds such great texture and detail to your projects, hope you can join us this week and show us how you have used stitching. Don't forget to check out the rest of the DTs awesome stitching projects too.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Blossom Jar card
Stamps: Colorful Seasons, Jar of Love, Diagonal Stripes
Cardstock: Flirty Flamingo, Berry Burst, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Rose Red, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Tuxedo Black (Memento), Stazon Black
Accessories: Everyday Jars Framelits, Seasonal Layers Thinlets, Sponge Brayer, Window sheet, Clear embossing powder, Silver glimmer paper, Sewing machine, Journalling pen, 1/8 handheld circle punch, Basic Black Baker's twine, Clear Wink of Stella, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape, Fine Tip Glue pen

Dragonfly card
Stamps: Colorful Seasons, Dragonfly Dreams
Cardstock: Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Vellum
Ink: Dapper Denim, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Rose Red, Crushed Curry, Old Olive
Accessories: Seasonal Layers Thinlets, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlets, Silver foil, Gold glimmer, 1/8" handheld circle punch, sewing machine, Clear Wink of Stella, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape